There’s been much speculation, and relative silence recently, about the fate of the Herzog & de Meuron ‘stack of boxes’ design for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s proposed relocation to the City-owned Larwill Park site. With no sign of the needed several hundred million dollars to realize the plan, and a time limit on moving ahead, the gallery has taken a bold new direction.
Another architectural firm have been commissioned – Stackem and Weldit of Long Beach, California. Their approach is to cut costs for the new building while providing a colourful reference to the city’s trading history. Recycled materials will be used extensively, and local artist and author Douglas Coupland will advise on the arrangement of the colours of the new building’s main materials. The building is arranged as a hollow rectangle, with a glazed atrium suspended off the upper stack of boxes.